CAMP has contributed to various sectors in Pakistan, including health, community infrastructure, peace-building, human rights and strengthening civil society. Following are CAMP’s thematic areas:
In times of natural disasters and mayhem, CAMP has been providing emergency relief and rehabilitation services across Pakistan. In the immediate aftermath of the October 2005 earthquake that ravaged Northern Pakistan and Kashmir, CAMP provided emergency services and during rehabilitation phase also set up Disability Centre and a village for the earthquake affected in Mansehra.
During the largest IDP crisis in the country, CAMP provided health care services through static and mobile clinics in Peshawar and Nowshera districts. From 2009 to 2014, CAMP provided primary health care services to IDPs at Jalozai camp, in Nowshera district of KP.
During the floods emergency in 2010, CAMP implemented more than ten emergency relief and rehabilitation projects including health, livelihood, education, clean drinking water, rehabilitation of houses and community infrastructure.
Research and Advocacy
CAMP has undertaken over 30 qualitative and quantitative social studies on social, political, governance and peace and security issues in Pakistan. CAMP’s most valued products are the series of “Understanding the Informal Justice System: Opportunities and Possibilities for Legal Pluralism in Pakistan”; “Understanding FATA: Attitudes towards Governance, Religion, and Society in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas”; “Understanding Justice Systems of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA & Balochistan: The Pakhtun Perspective”; and “Understanding Jirga: Legality and Legitimacy in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. All of these are available at www.understandingfata.org and www.camp.org.pk.
Since its inception, CAMP has been implementing a wide-range of projects on education, primary health and community development that aim at poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Projects have focused on building and rehabilitating community physical infrastructure, primary education and adult literacy particularly for women, primary health care (preventive and curative), and clean water supply and sanitation in FATA and KP. CAMP conducts baseline surveys and develops village plans in consultation with local communities.
Promoting Human Rights
Promoting human rights and liberties is one of CAMP’s core programming areas, and a major cross-cutting theme in all our work. Our human rights work involves empowering communities to claim their fundamental rights, guiding them to advocate for these rights, and creating dialogue between communities and key stakeholders for realisation of these rights. Through our programmes we speak out for some of the most vulnerable groups including people with disabilities, and raise our voice on the issue of human trafficking (especially women and children), governance reforms in FATA, and the right to basic services for all.
Strengthening Human and Institutional Capacity
Strengthening human and institutional capacity is the foundation for CAMP’s work and we believe in building on available resources for greater sustainability. Over 2,500 small and medium civil society organisations, and more than 5,000 individuals (including members from civil society, judges, parliamentarians, police officials etc.) have been trained in various thematic areas through CAMP’s platform. A pre-requisite to the training is a needs assessment of organisations and individuals, which helps in addressing the priorities of the target groups.
The organisation has also developed numerous training manuals which are publicly available. These include: Laws Protecting Women in Pakistan; Transforming Conflict and Building Peace; Reforming the Tribal Jirga: Sensitisation on Human Rights; Networking for CSOs; etc.
In all of CAMP’s work, we strive to include women’s voice and ensure that their rights are protected. Even in very conservative areas of the country, our programmes have reached out to women and included them in activities in ways that would be acceptable to local culture. We work to strengthen women-led initiatives and civil society organisations led by women – so they can continue to promote women’s rights.